Sometimes simple hair looks can be elevated to extreme prominence thanks to the person wearing them – and that’s never been more true than Meghan Markle’s recent virtual appearance, her long hair look and the online reaction it created.

Meghan, AKA the Duchess of Sussex, undertook her first official appearance since retiring from royal duties, appearing virtually as a speaker at the Girl Up 2020 Leadership Summit this month. Meghan’s speech was made to a live audience of 40,000 people and the video has been viewed online over 100,000 times. In the video, Meghan showed off a new look of layers and very long hair in a straight style that broke the internet.

When we call something internet breaking, we mean it. The look was featured in headlines from publications including Allure, Cosmopolitan, UK Weekly and so many others and, according to the publication Woman & Home, the Google search for “how many inches does hair grow in a year?” jumped by 170 per cent in the last week. We know clients are probably surveying their own growing locks in isolation, but we’re sure Meghan has made quite an impact on impressionable followers and clients.

The hair look departure from Meghan, who usually shows off a low bun, ponytail or sleek waves, paired up with her new role away from the royal family, offering a little more freedom but still with enormous influence.

Your clients are following, watching and listening to Meghan’s input when it comes to style (and hopefully much more) – the #meghanmarkle hashtag on Instagram houses well over a million posts. Moreover, lockdown trends do present the opportunity for clients to go long as they’ve grown their hair out in isolation, with your expertise guiding this style to its trending best. Make sure you’re able to cater to what your clients want and following the influencers, celebrities and icons that are inspiring those choices.

Beyond the significant hair look, Meghan’s speech inspired young girls to know their power and influence in the world, how to wield it and their capacity to make a difference, particularly in the fight for racial and gender equality. Simply put, is there anything she can’t do?